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On this day, snow still sought to cover the Kipp Park Recreational Area plaque and drifted snow banks remaining from the snowmobile radar runs at Monson Pond reminded us that winter is still with us. But, only a few hundred feet away, some open water at the damn hinted that spring may be just around the corner.

levesque-young-dock-supportWith that hope in mind, Tony Levesque (right), Fort Fairfield Economic Development Coordinator, accepts a check from Carl Young, Rotary Club President, to support plans to replace the deteriorated and removed boat ramp this spring. A new dock will support powerboat launching by water enthusiasts and fishermen as well as kayak/canoe launch and recovery by the local school systems after hours programs.

Left to right:  Lead Advisor: Border Patrol Agent Thomas Waskovich, Post Explorer in Charge: Derrick Hebert and Post Coordinator: Supervisory Border Patrol Agent John Krause.

The Learning for Life Law Enforcement Explorer Program, Post 194, led by the Fort Fairfield Border Patrol Station stopped by the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club to conduct a presentation about the new Explorer Program. The Explorer Program is a Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life Program. Post 194 was established in August 2012 and members come from many communities in The County as far north as Madawaska, west to Woodland, and south to Blaine.

The Learning for Life Law Enforcement Explorer Program is for young men and women ages 14 – 20. In general the main career clusters are in the fields of aviation, law enforcement, skilled trades, business, health, law, communications, science, engineering, social services, fire and emergency services, as well as arts and humanities. Exploring instills a sense of self-confidence, leadership, citizenship and service.

As explorers the youths learn important skills such as team building, public speaking, and interviewing techniques. They also learn organizational skills to help them organize their time to accomplish tasks for school and extra-curricular activities.

Youths participating in the explorer program receive career information as well as insight into future vocations. They receive a positive alternative to negative youth activities and gain a sense of acceptance and belonging to the “right” group. The program also provides a safe environment for adult-like activities that give the young men and women the opportunity to participate in practical, real, and meaningful hands-on experiences. The Explorer Program also provides the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills as well as other essential skills while conducting community services to improve their communities.

By participating in the Explorer program with the Fort Fairfield Border Patrol Station, young men and women learn about the border patrol and the job skills necessary to pursue a career as a border patrol agent or in other law enforcement fields. They also are able to better inform the community, schools and peers about the border patrol and the border patrol mission.

In the near future the border patrol hopes to integrate the explorer program with their local law enforcement counterparts to widen the spectrum of skills the explorers learn.

Bill Campbell, Fort Fairfield Rotarian, spoke to the club about service project opportunities in Guatemala. Bill described various potential projects which included medical and educational facilities construction, supplying composting latrine units, and Personal Energy Transportation (PET®) vehicles manufacturing and distribution.

PET® vehicles are three-wheeled, hand-“peddled” tricycle-like machines (see photos) that provide mobility to those who have lost the use of their legs. The PET® vehicles are manufactured in three sizes from child to adult.

In many areas these vehicles are used to provide gainful employment by being modified to pull street vendor carts, carry materials for recycling, and other such transportation-required occupations.

PET® is a Personal Energy Transportation International, Inc. registered mark.

Tim Caverly answers a question (left) and is thanked by club president, Carl Young.

Tim Caverly, longtime ranger with the Maine Department of Conservation, and Allagash Region supervisor, spoke at a recent club meeting describing several “adventures” while working in the Allagash region. Tim is now retired, lives in Millinocket, and has authored books in the Allagash Tails and Tales series. Multiple books written for various age levels capture the Allagash Wilderness lifestyle and almost day-to-day adventures experienced by Tim while working in the region.

Tim also described the restoration of the 3,000-foot-long, steam-powered tramway capable of hauling logs from Big Eagle Lake and dumping them into Chamberlain Lake during the Big Woods timber industries’ younger days some 100+ years ago. During its six year service the tramway transported more than 100 million board feet of timber before being replaced by the Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club selected the second school year-quarter award recipients. Victoria Plourde, a twelfth grader, and Josh Ricker, a nineth grader, were honored at a recent Rotary Club breakfast. Each recipient received a certificate recognizing their academic achievement, citizenship, and personal development during the award period November and December 2012. Victoria was accompanied by her parents Ed and Laurie Plourde, grandparents Al and Brenda Saucier, and co-nominating faculty members Jamie Selfridge and Kerri Alley. Josh was accompanied by his parents Kevin and Viola Ricker together with his nominating teacher Garrett Martin. Fort Fairfield High School principal, Tanya Belanger, also attended.

The RSSA Program recognizes student achievement in academics, citizenship, and personal development across grades nine through twelve. Each school-year quarter a girl and boy recipient is selected by the club from nominations provided by the high school faculty/staff. The recipients receive an achievement certificate and their photo is displayed on individual plaques at the school for a period following their award receipt.

At school year’s end a Rotary Spirit Student of the Year is chosen by the club from amongst the period winners (eight total). The Student of the Year is recognized at a club breakfast, receives an achievement certificate, has their photo displayed on a perpetual plaque at the school for the following school year, and receives a $300 award at the school’s annual Awards Program.

Front center – Victoria Plourde: First row – Kerrie Alley, faculty co-nominator, Brenda Saucier, grandmother, Laurie Plourde, mother, Tanya Belanger, FFHS Principal: Second row – Tracy Copeland, RSSA Program Chair, Al Saucier, grandfather, Ed Plourde, father, Jamie Selfridge, faculty co-nominator

Front center – Josh Ricker: Left-to-right – Tracy Copeland, RSSA Program Chair, Viola Ricker, mother, Kevin Ricker, father, Garrett Martin, faculty nominator, Tanya Bellanger, FFHS Principal.

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The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club held its annual “Christmas with the Students” program at the local high school Wednesday, December 12th. This traditional program was started over 15 years ago as a time for Rotarians, and school staff and students, to get together during the holiday season. The program highlight is when the club members collect “happy dollars” which are then presented to the school staff to purchase warm clothing such as gloves, mittens, caps, and the like for elementary school students who may have need for these warm wintertime items.

As part of the club program the high school choral group, led by Mari-Jo Hedman, offered seasonal music and the Rotary club members joined in on sing-along pieces. In attendance from the Fort Fairfield school system were Marc Gendron, Superintendent, Tanya Belanger, High School Principal, and Sue Parks, Elementary School Principal. The school’s Students Baking-a-Living class and Judy Saucier, Cafeteria provided a delicious breakfast meal.

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The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club partnering for the second Rotary Spirit Student Award Program-year with the local high school, have selected the first school year-quarter award recipients. Hannah Holbrook, a ninth grader, and Kyle Doody, a twelfth grader, were honored at a recent Rotary Club breakfast. Each recipient received a certificate recognizing their academic achievement, citizenship, and personal development during the award period September and October 2012. Hannah was accompanied by her mother Tiny Holbrook and her nominating teacher Sharon Kozura while Kyle was accompanied by his mother Jeannine Doody and other family members, in addition to his nominating teacher Garrett Martin.

The Rotary Spirit Student Award Program seeks to recognize student achievement in academics, citizenship, and personal development across grades nine through twelve. Each award period Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec, Jan/Feb, and Mar/Apr a girl and boy recipient are selected by the club from nominations provided by the high school faculty/staff.

Each recipient receives an achievement certificate and their photo is display on individual plaques at the school for a period following their award receipt. At school year’s end a Rotary Spirit Student of the Year is chosen by the club from amongst the eight period winners. The Student of the Year is recognized at a club breakfast, receives an achievement certificate, has their photo displayed on a perpetual plaque at the school for the following school year, and receives a $300 award at the school’s annual Awards Program.

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Hannah Holbrook (front center) shown with her mother Tiny Holbrook (front left) and her nominating teacher Sharon Kozura (front right). Tracy Copeland, RSSA Program Chairman is shown in back.

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Kyle Doody (first row right) shown with his sister Sydney Doody (front), his mother Jeannine Doody (first row left) and grandmother Joyce Doody (first row center). Garrett Martin (back left) nominating teacher, is shown with Tracy Copeland, RSSA Program Chairman.

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The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club together with the Knights of Columbus, other local service organizations, and community volunteers continued a holiday tradition and provided the 26th Annual Seniors/Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the VFW Hall.

With holiday music provided by “Dan and Friends”, the Fort Fairfield High School Girls Basketball Team acting as hostesses and servers, and community volunteers serving as drivers approximately 175 Thanksgiving Day dinners were provided to community seniors as well as homebound citizens who might not otherwise have had a Thanksgiving Day dinner to enjoy. Surplus prepared dinners were donated and delivered to the Homeless Shelter of Aroostook.

A big THANK YOU goes out to all those that made this holiday tradition such a success.

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(Left to right) Leigh Cummings, Rotary District 7810 Immediate-Past President, joins Fort Fairfield Rotarians Kerri Watson-Blaisdell, Dale Ames, and Carl Young at a recent Rotary Training Seminar.

The seminar was conducted by District 7810 representatives, and concentrated on membership and retention, The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and Future Vision, and public relations. Within the membership segment fellowship, mentorship, and engagement were stressed. Future Vision was introduced during the TRF segment and included an update on Rotary’s Polio Eradication project which is nearing its planet-wide eradication goal. The importance of public relations was stressed as being an integral part of all Rotary club activities in order to keep the community and Rotarians knowledgeable with respect to club activities.

 

 

Pam Scheppele (right), President, Jefferson Cary Foundation (JCF), Mary Harrigan (left), Executive Director JCF, and Dr. Shawn Laferrier, Medical Director – Radiology Department, Cary Medical Center recently visited the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club providing information and a presentation on the new Women’s Imaging Center at the Cary Medical Center facility.

Dr. Laferrier noted that in addition to new state-of-the-art equipment the facility takes a new approach to the patient-staff/facility interface that radically reduces the stress and anxiety that typically accompanies patient visits. The facility has been expanded to provide for easier check-in as well as providing a much more comfortable at-home environment. Additionally, the new state-of-the-art equipment reduces radiation exposure, provides clearer digital imaging, and makes it possible to provide almost real-time patient feedback.

Additional information concerning the facility may be obtained by contacting Pam Scheppele at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-888-377-9373.

Dr. Shawn answers a question during his presentation. The thermometer chart at left reflects that the JCF is well on its way to reaching its Capital Improvement Program’s financial goal to complete the Women’s Imaging Center at Cary Medical Center.

 

WOW! Did we have a great weekend, or what!!!

 

Friday afternoon many Rotarians turned out at the Fort Fairfield Community Center to help set up for the 26th Annual Rotary Dream Travel Draw, the clubs primary annual fundraiser. Saturday from early morning to midnight virtually the whole club turned out at various times for more set up, decorating, and the actual event Saturday evening.

Hundreds of the club’s faithful Rotary supporters came out to enjoy the social hour, a delicious evening meal of chicken cordon bleu, steak and all the “fixings” plus desert, prepared and served by the local Lion’s Club, and dancing to live music provided by the Sound Friendships band. Some wicked good sounds. Sunday morning Rotarians again came out for final clean-up.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club wants to give a SHOUT OUT to all our dedicated and faithful supporters for making this weekend such a success. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used throughout the year to support many programs and projects in our community, the region, and internationally.

We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to come out to our meetings which are held every Wednesday morning from 7-8:00am at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church annex, 170 Main Street, Fort Fairfield.

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Congratulations to the winners!!!

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AMOUNT WON

 

A. CONDON

100

1

ASHLAND FOOD MART

100

2

B. DORSEY

100

3

C. ARNOLD

100

4

C. COPELAND

100

5

G. COLLINS

100

6

J. GRAVALLESE

100

7

K. PELLETIER

100

8

L. DAVENPORT

100

9

M. BOSSE

100

10

M. DRAPER

100

11

PARADIS SHOP & SAVE

100

12

PATTERSON FINANCIAL

100

13

R. BAILEY

100

14

R. KENNESON

100

15

R. MARTIN

100

16

R. SHAW

100

17

S. NORTON

100

18

S. ROBERT

100

19

S. ROBINSON

100

20

A. CYR

200

1

ANDY’S FOODLINER

200

2

C. HOLDER

200

3

D. PELLETIER

200 (EARLY BD)

4

D. PLOURDE

200

5

DOYEN’S POTATO

200

6

F. MCGILLAN

200

7

FARM CREDIT CREW

200

8

G. SIROIS

200

9

J. CASSIDY

200

10

J. MANTER

200 (EARLY BD)

11

K. THIBEAU

200

12

L. FLETCHER

200

13

M. MCHATTEN

200

14

P. RUSHINAL

200

15

R. FORTIER

200

16

T. LEVESQUE

200

17

AROOSTA CAST

1000

1

E. MURCHIE

1500

2

A. DUNN

2000

3

T. BUBAR

2500

4

J. HOUGHTON

3000

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Kerri Watson-Blaisdell (left photo) and Angela Williams (right photo) accept their membership certificates from club President, Carl Young, as Assistant District Governor, Nancy Fletcher and District 7810 Governor, Allan MacLellan look on.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club at its October 2012 business meeting inducted two new members, Angela Williams, and Kerri Watson-Blaisdell. Induction ceremonies were conducted by Rotary District 7810 Assistant Governor, Nancy Fletcher, while Rotary District 7810 Governor, Allan MacLellan performed the pinning for each inductee.

Rotary District 7810 Governor, Allan MacLellan, makes a point during a presentation (left photo) and accepts the club's banner from club President, Carl Young.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club was honored to recently host the Rotary District 7810 Governor, Allan MacLellan and wife Wanda. Allan attended the club’s Board of Directors evening supper meeting to discuss involvement in community and international Rotary programs/projects as well as club operations.

The following morning Allan addressed the club membership at their regularly scheduled monthly business meeting. Allan stressed the importance of involvement and public relations in the community as well as supporting the Rotary Foundation (RF). Through the RF Rotary’s more than 1.2 million members and 34,000 clubs worldwide, like the Fort Fairfield club, are able to be part of programs such as Polio Plus which concentrates on Polio eradication, clean water projects which supply disadvantaged towns clean water through well drilling projects, and international Youth Exchange Programs, to mention but a few.

Allan noted that this Rotary-year District 7810 is emphasizing club fellowship and membership, and was pleased to learn more about the Fort Fairfield club’s ongoing Travel Draw fundraiser, the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner for Seniors, and the Rotary Spirit Student Award Program partnership with the local high school now in its second year, to again mention but a few.

While visiting the club Allan and Wanda were overnight guests of club President Carl Young and wife Becky who also hosted the evening supper and Board of Directors meeting. For additional information concerning Fort Fairfield Rotary Club’s activities or membership please visit the club’s website www.fortfairfieldrotary.org or contact Carl Young, 472-3643.

 

 

How does one know that autumn has arrived? There’s nippiness in the morning air. The leaves begin to display their brilliant colors. But most telling is that the welcoming banners on Fort Fairfield’s Main Street lamp posts have been taken down to make room for the coming holiday’s decorations.

Have you ever asked, “Who does that?” Who puts up the banners in the spring and takes them down when autumn arrives? The answer: for over 20 years, with an assist from the town’s Public Works Department, the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club has been the banners supplier and caretaker.

This year Rotarians Wayne Troicke (photo left) and Paul Cormier volunteered to ride the town’s lift early one morning to take down the banners. The banners are dried, carefully stored, and next spring, like the leaves, will reappear when again local Rotarians will ride the lift to reinstall the welcoming banners on the lamp posts.

Dr. Allen Salo (left), Associate Professor of Psychology, UMPI, and Central Aroostook Humane Society Board of Directors member is welcomed by Program Host Tracy Copeland and answers question during brief.

Allen addressed the club concerning the Humane Society's roll in the region and ongoing activities at the facility. At this time the society is in the process of upgrading necessary resources especially with respect to transportation. Allen noted that at any given time there can be as many as 200+ animals at the shelter which translates into many trips to associated facilities.

Additional information may be obtained by calling (207) 764-3441 or visiting the society’s website at www.centralaroostookhumanesociety.org.

Joyce Knorr, American Red Cross, Pine Tree Chapter, Aroostook County Branch Manager, is welcomed by Mike Bosse, Rotary Club Program Host, at a recent club meeting and makes a point during her presentation.

Joyce pointed out that the Pine Tree Chapter’s service area is geographically large and includes Aroostook, Piscataquis, Penobscot, Washington, Hancock, Waldo, and Knox counties. Within this area there are over 300 volunteers who make it possible to deliver services to County residents and communities.

In addition to the more commonly known emergency disaster relief efforts and supplying blood products to health care facilities, the chapter also provides services to Armed Forces personnel including emergency communications, loans, and re-integration programs. Also included in the chapter’s services are health and safety education and training such as first aid, CPR, and babysitting to name but a few.

Joyce also stated that as part of the national American Red Cross organization Pine Tree Chapter volunteers also respond when an event is declared a national emergency. Even as Joyce was speaking volunteers were on their way, together with the local Emergency Relief Vehicle housed in Caribou, to support efforts associated with hurricane Isaac in Mississippi.

The two most important and needed items to keep the Pine Tree Chapter viable and supplying emergency services in the County and across the nation are volunteers and donations. Joyce may be contacted at 207-493-4620, ext. 108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vince Bernier prepares the war club           Paul Towle (red shirt) arrives greenside

Local Rotarians supported the Aroostook Valley Country Club (AVCC) Tornado Recovery Scramble. The event held at AVCC was very well supported by corporate and individual sponsors with all the proceeds earmarked for course repair efforts.

In addition to a hole sponsorship provided by the Rotary Club, Rotarians Dan Ayoob, Paul Towle, Vince Bernier, and Bill Campbell each participated on an individual basis to support this community project.

Dan Ayoob (blue jacket) helps with registration             Bill Campbell tees it up

Paul goes for the distance                         Vince prepares to hole out

Bill and......                                               Dan line 'em up

Our own Rotarian Bill Campbell provided information on his latest humanitarian trip to Guatemala, Central America. Bill traveled to cities on both the Guatemalan East and West coasts describing school and health center projects, to mention but a few, undertaken by Rotary clubs from the United States and Canada as well as Rotary International. Bill stated that sanitary facilities, schools, and medical facilities remain primary needs throughout the country.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club is supporting the United Way of Aroostook through the annual MMG Charity Golf Tournament. In photo, Jeff Clark (right), MMG Tournament Chairman, accepts a support check from Carl Young, President, Fort Fairfield Rotary Club. The tournament is being held at the Aroostook Valley Country Club, September 8th, with all proceeds going to the United Way of Aroostook.

 

Steve Leitch, Managing Pro, Aroostook Valley Country Club (AVCC), (left) accepts a Tornado Relief Scramble Sponsorship check from Carl Young, President, Fort Fairfield Rotary Club. The scramble is a 3-person scramble to raise funds for the June 29th storm damage recovery and repair efforts. The event takes place August 22, 2012, 1:00pm – 7:00pm (Eastern Time). Call 1-800-980-8747 to register and visit the AVCC website (http://www.avcc.ca/home.htm) for more information.